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George Washington's Mount Vernon

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As George Washington’s adopted hometown, Alexandria is a “best of” when it comes to the spectrum of sites and events associated with the nation’s first president. Only eight miles south of Old Town Alexandria lies the most visited historic estate in America: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the general’s former home that continues bustling centuries later.

Since its time as one of Alexandria’s central hubs for commerce and productivity, George Washington’s former estate has been transformed into a museum filled with documents and ephemera once belonging to some of the key players in American history. Today, visitors tour the meticulously-preserved grounds, viewing Washington’s farm, gardens and even his final resting place, discovering life in colonial America first hand.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon reveals a unique picture of Alexandria and our first president’s role in shaping the United States, only a short distance from Alexandria hotels, restaurants and shopping. Purchase admission tickets to Mount Vernon at the Alexandria Visitor Center at 221 King St. in Old Town.

Mount Vernon is open daily

Mount Vernon is embarking on a multi-year preservation project to safeguard George Washington’s Mansion for generations to come. As work progresses through the house, individual rooms will be temporarily taken off display. Visit for details.

Visit Mount Vernon

Step back in time at the first president’s beautiful riverside estate. Explore the mansion, working farm, tomb and visitor facilities with 25 galleries.

From July 2024 through 2025, the Education Center exhibit on George Washington’s life will be off display for an extensive rebuild.  Visit for details.

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Explore the Distillery & Gristmill

Visit fully functioning reconstructions of George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill, located 2.7 miles from the estate’s main entrance.

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"Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon" Exhibit

Meet the people who shaped Mount Vernon: The Washington and Custis families, enslaved and hired laborers, and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

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The Washington family loved dogs, and Mount Vernon encourages you to visit the estate with your own furry friend!

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Key to the City Attractions Pass

Unlock Alexandria’s rich culture and history with a Key to the City attractions pass. For $20, access 9 historic sites plus enjoy other discounts.

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Follow in Washington’s Footsteps

Take a step back to the nation’s beginnings by exploring where the first president conducted business, gathered with friends, worshiped, and even…

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Customizable Leadership Programs

Planning a leadership development retreat? Consider Alexandria, home to three nationally-recognized leadership and team building institutes.

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Ways to Get to Mount Vernon

Getting to & Around

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May 4 - June 29, 2024
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